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700 South Industrial Way
Seattle, WA 98108

Forensic Engineering and Laboratories

Building Science Investigations

MDE is composed of multiple disciplines of professionals that come together to form a building science team.  With an arsenal of field and research knowledge at their fingertips, this team of engineers, chemists, and other scientists is capable of tackling cases involving building design deficiencies, construction and installation deficiencies, and maintenance defects.  A library and wealth of knowledge regarding the codes and standards, a full forensic laboratory, and the ability for cross discipline collaboration makes this team a sound choice to investigate building defects and failures including but not limited to:

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Design deficiencies:

  • Plan design & specifications
  • Improper selection of systems and materials
  • Failure to follow codes and standards
  • Systems approach deficiencies

Construction/Installation Deficiencies

  • Improper materials or methods
  • Structural failures
  • Insulation and other building envelope failures
  • Moisture /water infiltration/intrusion
  • Roof system failures
  • Interior and exterior finish failures
  • Material incompatibilities
  • Failure to follow code or design specifications
  • Heating, ventilating and air conditioning system inadequacies or failures
  • Plumbing and electrical system failures
  • Fire suppression system violations or failures

Product Liability

  • Manufacturing defects
  • Material failures

Resultant Failures

  • Natural disasters
  • Fires and explosion origin and cause
  • Water intrusion investigations
  • Mold, sewage, rodent, etc.  investigations and remediation consultation
  • Insurance and litigation support